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Stephen F. Kirk, Chairman of the Board; Retired Senior Vice President and Chief Operating Officer, The Lubrizol Corporation

Steve Kirk was appointed chairman of the Valvoline Inc. board of directors in October 2017.

He served as the senior vice president and chief operating officer of The Lubrizol Corporation from 2008 until his retirement in December 2011. Previously, he served as senior vice president and president of Lubrizol Additives from June 2004 to September 2008; as vice president of sales and marketing of Lubrizol from June 1999 until June 2004; and in various other roles at Lubrizol before that.

Kirk served as a director of Ashland Global Holdings Inc. from 2013 until January 2017.

He holds bachelor’s and master’s degrees in chemical engineering from Cornell University and a Master of Business Administration from Cleveland State University, from which he was also awarded an honorary doctor of business degree.

Kirk has been a Valvoline director since September 2016.

Member of the Compensation Committee
Member of the Governance & Nominating Committee

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Gerald W. Evans, Jr., Retired Chief Executive Officer, Hanesbrands Inc.

Gerald Evans served as chief executive officer of Hanesbrands Inc., from October 2016 until his retirement in August 2020. Previously, he served as chief operating officer of Hanesbrands from 2013 until 2016 and as co-chief operating officer from 2011 until 2013. He served as co-operating officer, president international of Hanesbrands from 2010 until 2011. Mr. Evans served as president of Hanesbrands’ international business and global supply chain from 2009 until 2010 and served as president of global supply chain and Asia business development from 2008 until 2009. He served as executive vice present, chief supply chain officer from 2006 until 2008. Prior to that, he spent more than 20 years in various leadership positions at Sara Lee Corporation.

Evans served as a director of Hanesbrands Inc. from October 2016 to August 2020.

He holds a Bachelor of Science in marketing and a Master of Business Administration from the University of South Carolina.

Evans has been a Valvoline director since December 2019.

Member of the Compensation Committee
Member of the Governance and Nominating Committee

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Richard J. Freeland, Retired President and Chief Operating Officer, Cummins Inc.

Rich Freeland served as the president and chief operating officer of Cummins Inc., from July 2014 until his retirement in October 2019. Previously, Freeland served as vice president and president of Cummins’ engine business from 2010 until 2014 and served in various other roles since joining Cummins in 1979.

Freeland has served as a director of Cooper Standard since May 2020. He also served as a director of Cummins Inc. from July 2017 to October 2019.

He holds a Bachelor of Science in industrial management from Purdue University’s Krannert School of Management and a Master of Business Administration from Indiana University’s Kelley School of Business.

Freeland has been a Valvoline director since September 2016.

Member of the Compensation Committee
Member of the Governance and Nominating Committee

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Carol H. Kruse, Former Senior Vice President and Chief Marketing Officer at ESPN and Cambia Health Solutions

Carol Kruse served as senior vice president and chief marketing officer of Cambia Health Solutions from December 2014 to January 2019. Previously, Kruse was senior vice president and chief marketing officer at ESPN from October 2010 until October 2013. Prior to that, she spent nearly 10 years at The Coca-Cola Company, serving as vice president of global digital marketing from July 2007 until October 2010, and vice president of North America interactive marketing from August 2001 until July 2007.

Kruse has served as a director of Think-X, Inc. She also served as a director of Unified, Inc. from 2014 to July 2020.

She holds a Bachelor of Arts in international relations from Pomona College and a Master of Business Administration from the University of Southern California.

Kruse has been a Valvoline director since December 2018.

Member of the Compensation Committee
Member of the Governance & Nominating Committee

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Stephen E. Macadam, Retired Chief Executive Officer and President, EnPro Industries, Inc.

Stephen Macadam served as vice chairman of EnPro Industries, Inc., from July 2019 to February 2020. Previously, he served as chief executive officer and president of EnPro Industries Inc. from April 2008 until his retirement in July 2019. He served as CEO of BlueLinx Holdings Inc. from October 2005 to March 2008; and president and CEO of Consolidated Container Company LLC from 2001 to 2008.

Macadam has served as a director of Louisiana-Pacific Corp since February 2019 and Veritiv Corporation since February 2020. He also served as a director of EnPro Industries, Inc. from 2008 to February 2020 and Axiall Corporation from 2009 to 2014.

He holds a Bachelor of Science in mechanical engineering from the University of Kentucky; a Master of Science in finance from Boston College; and a Master of Business Administration from Harvard Business School.

Macadam has been a Valvoline director since September 2016.

Member of the Compensation Committee
Member of the Governance and Nominating Committee

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Vada O. Manager, President and Chief Executive Officer, Manager Global Holding LLC and Senior Counselor, APCO Worldwide

Vada Manager is president and chief executive officer of Manager Global Holdings LLC, a position he has held since 2009, and as senior counsel / international advisory council member of APCO Worldwide since 2010. Previously, Manager served as the Senior Director of Global Issues Management for Nike, Inc. from 2006 until March 2009 and he held various management positions at Nike and Levi's between 1994 and 2009.

Manager serves on the board of trustees of Arizona State University (ASU) and serves on the board of directors of Helios Education Foundation, Think TRUE, ASU Center for Race and Democracy, Genesis Academy, the Mannie Jackson Center for the Humanities at Lewis & Clark Community College and Spread the Vote. He previously served as a director of Ashland Global Holdings Inc. from 2008 until January 2017.

He holds a Bachelor of Science in political science from Arizona State University and performed graduate work at the London School of Economics. Manager has been a Valvoline director since September 2016.

Manager has been a Valvoline director since September 2016.

Member of the Audit Committee
Member of the Compensation Committee
Chair of the Governance and Nominating Committee

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Samuel J. Mitchell, Jr., Chief Executive Officer and Director

Sam Mitchell was named chief executive officer and director of Valvoline effective September 2016.

Mitchell joined Ashland in 1997 as director of marketing for Valvoline’s brand management group. In 1999, he was named vice president of marketing, and in 2000, vice president and general manager of Valvoline’s do-it-yourself (DIY) retail business. He became president of Valvoline and vice president of Ashland in 2002. In 2011, Mitchell was named senior vice president of Ashland, while retaining his responsibilities for Valvoline.

Prior to joining Valvoline, he held brand and category management leadership positions at The Clorox Company for eight years.

Mitchell currently serves on the board of trustees of Transylvania University and the University of Kentucky Gatton College of Business Dean’s Advisory Council. From 2006 to 2012, he served on the board of the Automotive Aftermarket Suppliers Association. Mitchell is active in the Lexington community, working with Young Life, Lexington Leadership Foundation and Habitat for Humanity.

A Michigan native, Mitchell holds a bachelor’s degree in business administration from Miami University and a master’s degree in business administration from the University of Chicago. He is a graduate of the Harvard Business School’s Advanced Management Program.

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Charles M. Sonsteby, Retired Vice Chairman, The Michaels Companies

Chuck Sonsteby served as vice chairman of The Michaels Companies Inc. from June 2016 until his retirement in October 2017. Previously, he served as The Michaels Companies’ chief financial officer and chief administrative officer from October 2010 to August 2016. He served as CFO of Brinker International Inc. from 2001 until October 2010 and held various other positions since joining Brinker in 1990.

Sonsteby has served as a director of Darden Restaurants since 2014 and as its chairman of the board since April 2016. In addition, he is a former director of Zale Corporation.

He holds a Bachelor of Science in accounting from the University of Kentucky.

Sonsteby has been a director at Valvoline since September 2016.

Chair of the Audit Committee
Member of the Compensation Committee
Member of the Governance and Nominating Committee

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Mary J. Twinem, Retired Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer, Buffalo Wild Wings Inc.

Mary Twinem served as executive vice president and chief financial officer of Buffalo Wild Wings Inc. from July 1996 until her retirement in February 2016. Previously, she served as Buffalo Wild Wings’ controller from 1995 to 1996.

Twinem has served as a trustee of Investors Real Estate Trust (IRET) since February 2018. She also served as a director of Mendota Holdings Inc. from 2012 to November 2018.

She holds a Bachelor of Science in accounting from the University of Wisconsin-Platteville and is a certified public accountant.

Twinem has been a director at Valvoline since September 2016.

Member of the Audit Committee
Chair of the Compensation Committee
Member of the Governance and Nominating Committee

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Director, Investor Relations

Valvoline

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